The restive situation in the country is been attributed to bad leadership, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said.
Speaking in Kaduna on Sunday at a national conference on the ‘role of Muslim scholars in fostering unity, peace and security in Nigeria,’ in Kaduna, the Sultan, who decried that terrorism was ascribed to Islam in many parts of the world, especially Nigeria, lamented that things were not going well for the country, because of bad leadership.
He warned that unless Nigerians learnt to stop making their leaders to believe that they were always right, things would continue to get worse.
“No leader is ever right. So many things have gone wrong in this country and they are still going wrong. So many things are not working because our leaders refuse to allow them to work,” the Sultan, who is also the Jama’atul Nasril Islam President-General, said.
According to him, the JNI is therefore “committed to ensuring that whichever leaders God Almighty blesses us with do what is right and we must tell them when they go wrong.”
Abubakar wondered why Islam was always singled out whenever criminal activities linked to religion took place and challenged Muslim leaders to wake up and ensure that the negative labelling was corrected.
“We refuse to accept time without number whenever any violence takes place anywhere in the world, if committed by a Muslim, you will hear Islamic terrorist or Muslim terrorist or Islamic fundamentalist. But when worse violence is perpetrated by somebody who is not a Muslim, we don’t hear the same coinage or the same factionalisation of the same criminal activity linking it to that particular religion.
“And we believe so many criminal activities have taken place in the name of so many other religions, but Islam has always been singled out.”
He therefore charged Muslim leaders in the North to wake up from their slumber and be united to confront the challenges facing the Muslim community.